Argo AI, Ford and Lyft to launch self-driving ride-hail service in Miami and Austin

Posted in REVIEWS on July 21, 2021
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AUSTIN — Self-driving startup Argo AI, carmaker Ford Motor Co and ride-hail company Lyft Inc on Wednesday said they partnered to offer robotaxi trips to Lyft customers in Miami and Austin. The service is expected to launch in Miami later this year and in Austin next year with a safety driver inside the Ford Escape hybrid vehicles. Over the next five years, the companies want to deploy at least 1,000 robotaxis in multiple cities. The Read More »

Lyft to resume shared rides in U.S. for first time since pandemic

Posted in REVIEWS on July 15, 2021

Lyft Inc on Thursday said it will return the option for passengers to book shared rides in select U.S. markets for the first time since the pandemic, when shared trips were scrapped to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. Lyft said shared rides, which allow multiple passengers to split a car traveling in the same direction, would become available in Chicago, Philadelphia and Denver as of Monday. The company, which prior to the pandemic Read More »

Conversations with Uber drivers: When fate and an algorithm bring you together

Posted in REVIEWS on June 16, 2021
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Before the pandemic, rideshares swarmed the roads 24/7, and it was easy to catch an Uber at 5 a.m. But on a recent trip to the airport for the first time since lockdown, it took awhile for someone to show. Dropping my bag in the trunk and masking up, I climbed in and greeted the driver, who was apparently the only other guy awake at that hour. As we drove, we talked. Karsimi, 25, is Read More »

Analysis: U.S. labor secretary likely to investigate gig employers like Uber

Posted in REVIEWS on May 9, 2021
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Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. (AP) WASHINGTON — U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh's move this week to block a rule making it easier to classify gig workers as independent contractors is just a first step in what is likely to be a long battle over how to delineate the rights of America's growing gig army. The rule by former President Donald Trump's administration, which was supposed to go into effect in March, would have hampered the ability of workers at companies Read More »

Toyota acquires Lyft's self-driving unit for $550 million

Posted in REVIEWS on April 27, 2021
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TOKYO  — Toyota has acquired the self-driving division of American ride-hailing company Lyft for $550 million, in a move that highlights the Japanese automaker’s ambitions in that technology. The acquisition, announced Tuesday, was carried out by Woven Planet Holdings, a Toyota subsidiary that began business in January and focuses on innovations and investment in projects such as “smart cities,” robotics and automated driving. Of the payment, $200 million will be paid upfront, and $350 million Read More »